Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez highlighted on Friday that the country's security forces managed to prevent violent actions and a coup that was planned by the right-wing opposition in its demonstration held Thursday in Caracas.
"Preventive action of the national government prevented a slaughter," Rodriguez said during a meeting with the diplomats in Venezuela.
Justice Minister Nestor Reverol also presented evidence of the “coup attempt” carried out by hardline opponents that were seeking to destabilize the country and overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
“Among the evidence, we have seized guns of different calibers, war material and explosives that were going to be used for targeted killings. We also dismounted a paramilitary camp near the Palace of Miraflores,” Riveroll said.
Due to the threats of violence, extra police and troops were positioned across the city. However, the day ended without any major incident and the opposition's right to protest was respected and protected.
“Today we can say that we defeated the terrorists' acts and violence … Our main weapon was peace and peace got a victory yesterday in Venezuela” the Foreign Minister said.
Tens of thousands took to the streets in Caracas Thursday in a menacing march to prod state elections officials to speed up the legal process for a recall referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office before the end of 2016.
An equal amount of pro-government supporters also streamed into the streets of Caracas to defend the Bolivarian revolution and prevent a repeat of the 2014 right-wing "guarimbas," which left 43 dead and over 870 injured.